Fortid are a band from Norway that plays a viking and pagan form of black metal and this is a review of their 2016 compilation album "The Demo Sessions" which was released as a joint effort between Symbol of Domination Productions, Electric Horizon Productions and Black plague Records.
A very dark, heavy, atmospheric and epic sound starts off the compilation along with the riffs also bringing in a great amount of melody while the vocals are mostly grim black metal screams and acoustic guitars along with some clean singing pagan vocals can be heard in certain sections of the recording.
Some of the cleaner sections bring in more of a medieval folk music feeling and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard while the solos and leads have a very raw and melodic edge to them and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and some tracks also bring in a small amount of synths.
They also bring in a cover of Enslaved's "Lifandi Lifi Undir Harni" and a few of the tracks are also very long and epic in length and some of the faster sections of the songs bring in tremolo picking which adds in more of an old school 90's feeling and throughout the compilation you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and one track also brings in a brief use of war samples.
Throughout this compilation Fortid displays a lot of variety with some songs going for a raw and Nordic style while others focus more on an epic viking or pagan metal style, the production sounds very powerful while the lyrics cover Norse Mythology.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding collection of songs from Fortid and if you are a fan of pagan or viking/black metal, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Nornir" "Pagan Prophecies" "Sun Turns Black" and "Framtid". 8 out of 10.